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UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET
AIRCRAFT SCOUTING FORCE
U.S.S. Avocet (AVP4)
Pearl Harbor, T.H.
December 12, 1941.
||The Commanding Officer.
||The Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
||Offensive Measures Taken During December 7th - Report of.
- At about 0745 Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 the U.S.S. Avocet was moored at berth FOX One Afirm, Naval Air Station Dock, in Pearl Harbor. A bomb explosion was heard and Japanese planes were sighted attacking the hangers on Ford Island. General Quarters were sounded and fire was opened about 0752 with both 3"/50 caliber anti-aircraft guns. The first shot from the starboard gun hit a Japanese plane which had turned away after torpedoing the U.S.S. California. This plane burst into flames and crashed near the Naval Hospital. Fire was continued as rapidly as possible through this and subsequent attacks. Fuse settings from 2.5 to 5 seconds were used but no other known hits were obtained. The Avocet fired 144 rounds of 3"/50 caliber ammunition and about 1,750 rounds of .30 caliber.
- During the dive bombing attack on the Nevada the Avocet was firing at the attacking planes and high altitude bombers dropped bombs which landed in the center of berth FOX TWO. These bombs did not explode; muddy water was seen to bubble up in four pools where they landed.
- There was no damage on board. There were no serious injuries. One man was wounded slightly in the forearm by a spent bullet.
- The conduct of the officers and men was exemplary throughout. The gun crews worked the guns deliberately and with apparent total disregard for their own safety. The engineering departments reported ready to get underway fifteen minutes after General Quarters were sounded.
[signed] W.G. JOHNSON, Jr.
Source: Enclosure (E) to CINCPAC action report Serial 0479 of 15 February 1942, World War II action reports, the Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740.